ABOUT THE RUN
A tough, undulating seven mile course over the beautiful Longridge fells, all on roads, fully marshalled but still a great pre Christmas fun and friendly event.
All finishers receive a Medal and Christmas Pudding on the finish line.
It is also very flat and accurately measured.
The event headquarters is at Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge PR3 3HJ.
At race HQ you will find the registration desks where you can collect your race numbers, an enquiry desk if you have any questions, toilets, baggage storage and a cafe if you fancy a brew before the race.
There are no changing or showering facilities at this venue.
Entry into the event is open to everyone of all abilities as long as you are aged over 15 on the day of the race. Online entry is the quickest method and we do not charge a transaction or handling fee for debit/credit cards.
The entry fee is £14 for UKA/ARC Club Members and £16 if you do not run for a club.
Junior runners (15-17) receive a £2 discount.
AWARDS & PRIZES
All runners receive a commemorative medal at the finish line, along with drinks and snacks to help you recover from your run. Individual race winners are awarded prizes in the following categories:
First 3 Male winners in the race
First 3 Lady winners in the race
First Male Veteran over 40/45/50/55/60/65/70+
First Lady Veteran over 35/40/45/50/55/60/65+
The awards presentation will take place at the registration area at approximately 12.00pm
RUN FOR CHARITY
Raising money for charity is a big part of the UK Road Races experience for many runners. You can run for any charity that may be close to your heart. Contact them directly and ask for sponsor forms. They will give you all the help and assistance you need for raising sponsorship money.
Your running number needs to be collected from the Race Makers on the day from the race venue. Registration opens at 9.00am. Please bring your email confirmation or payment receipt with you when collecting your race pack (which includes pins to attach your running number to the front of your running top) to ensure a swift collection process. You should arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues. There is an enquiry desk if you have any problems or questions about the event.
The race venue is the Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge PR3 3HJ. The race HQ is clearly signed. Registration, and late entries, along with toilets are located at the venue. Baggage storage is also clearly marked. There are no changing or showering facilities.
Parking is available at the Civic Hall, but does fill up quickly. On street parking also available but please do not block residents driveways as this is a residential area.
Toilets are located within the Civic Hall
RACE DAY ITSELF
Arrive in plenty of time to allow you to park; collect your running number; get changed and visit the toilet etc. Just before the start the toilets become busy so plan your visit carefully. When you have your running number, fill in the medical information section on the back. Be careful not to damage or lose your number, as replacements will not be issued. If there is a risk of you blacking out during the race (for example if you suffer from fits), put a red cross on the front of your number. Pin your number on your FRONT without folding or covering it - it needs to be seen by the Race Makers. Do not pass your running number on to anybody else without first notifying registration - this is to ensure the results are correct and for obvious safety, insurance and medical reasons. When you are happy that you are ready to run, make your way to the start area. The start location is clearly marked by the inflatable archway. Line up behind the start line, where there will be a few safety announcements and before the race starts. The route you are running on is open to the public so be aware of some vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. We advise that you do not wear iPods or similar devices whilst running. You may not hear stewards or indeed fellow runners if they need help! At the finish you will be awarded with your runners medal. Water will be available along with medics, should they be required.
WATER STATIONS & AID
A water station is located at halfway on the route. Bottled water is available to all runners. The bottle cap will be removed before being passed to you. The station will be clearly signed. Please try and drop your bottles as soon as possible so we don’t litter the course too much. It also helps the crew at the stations to pick the bottles up quicker. A water station is also located at the finish area. Medics are available at the water station and at the finish. If you get into any difficulties on the course you should alert a steward or medic who will be able to help you.
DROPPING OUT, SLOWER RUNNERS & WALKING
If you have to drop out for any reason, and you cannot make your own way back to the race venue to collect your belongings, then make your situation known to a course steward or a member of the medic crew. Arrangements will be made to pick you up and bring you back. Priority will be made in cases of injury or illness. If you are very slow, but are determined to finish, on-course facilities may become less available. Our team at the rear of the field will endeavor to give you support and advice. At some point, perhaps through tiredness, cramp, blisters, etc, you may be forced to walk. If this happens you must move as far to the left hand side as possible to allow runners to overtake.
WHAT IF I AM ILL OR INJURED?
You must be fit and well to compete in the event. Severe exertion during or soon after any illness is extremely dangerous. Do not take any chances with your health. If you find yourself in this situation you must withdraw. But do not despair! Email us at least 7 days before the race and we can defer your entry to the following year for free so you do not lose your entry fee.